Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Centuries of Solitude Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: KERA-TV
Title: Centuries of Solitude Collection
Dates: 1977-1978
Accession No.: MA07.3
Quantity: 1 cubic feet
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Texas/Dallas History & Archives, Dallas Public Library 1515 Young St  Dallas, TX 75201

Scope and Contents

On October 10, 1977, KERA-TV and the Corporation of Public Broadcasting agreed to the development of five one hour shows titled Centuries of Solitude, a look at the history of the Spanish speaking west. This historic drama intended to cover the history of the Hispanic west, focusing on three cities, Santa Fe, San Antonio and Los Angeles - and the time period between 1569 and 1930 and three cities, Santa Fe, San Antonio, and Los Angeles. The show never got past the development stage, and PBS funding never materialized further, leaving the show un-filmed.

The collection consists of the files of the project director, Mark Price, and deals with the attempted creation of a five hour historical drama, Centuries of Solitude. The papers consist of internal memos and correspondence within KERA and external correspondence with PBS. Also included are research, development, and show treatments created to give the television series the historical depth needed. Budgets, legal agreements and scripts show the various administrative aspects to the development of a television series. Despite the show never being filmed for broadcast, an interesting look into how a public broadcast television series is developed including the administrative, legal, and creative processes.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Perkins, Mark
Dallas (Tex.)
Centuries of Solitude Collection

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

MA07.3 Centuries of Solitude Collection, Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Acquisition Information

Materials were found in the Fine Arts Division of the Dallas Public Library in 2007 and were transferred to the Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division.

Processing Information

Processed by Bryan McKinney

Detailed Description of the Collection

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1 1 Mark Perkins - Memorandum

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1 2 Mark Perkins - Correspondence with Brice Howard

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1 3 Mark Perkins - Correspondence with PBS

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1 4 Mark Perkins - Notes

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1 5 Mark Perkins - Financial Information

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1 6 Mark Perkins - Research and Development

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1 7 Mark Perkins - Proposal for Centuries of Solitude March 1977

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1 8 Mark Perkins - PBS and KERA Agreement October 1977

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1 9 Treatment for Program 2

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1 10 Treatment for Program 3

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1 11 Treatment for Program 4

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1 12 Treatment for Program 5

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1 13 Addendum for Program 6: "The New Settler"

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1 14 Script

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1 15 Script